Nottingham Forest are facing an investigation after their fans allegedly sang a common chant aimed at Chelsea that should have been banned from the game long ago.
It is, sadly, not uncommon to hear renditions of ‘Chelsea rent boys’ shouted out no matter who the Blues are facing but it seems we have finally reached a breaking point when it comes to offensive chants.
“We have received reports of alleged homophobic chanting by Nottingham Forest supporters at Chelsea,” said a spokesperson for Kick It Out, the anti-discrimination campaign group. “We have passed those on to the FA and offered our support in any possible investigation.”
Just last month a Chelsea fan was fined almost £1,000 and given a three-year ban from football for homophobic abuse aimed at Brighton during a game in December. This was a story we heard little about until now even though there has been a spate of charges in relation to racist chanting as authorities finally move to get a handle on the abuse the flows from the terraces freely.
The ‘rent boy’ chant has been around longer than Roman Abramovich’s investment in Chelsea but his money saw a revival in the abusive ‘song’ that has been highlighted as offensive by LGBTQ+ groups for many years.